VENTURE: Getting Catholic Families Off the Couch and Into the Wild

Catholic Family Adventure Trip

Join other Catholic families on a multi-adventure trip to Buena Vista, CO!

WHO: Bring the whole family – all ages are welcome, including grandparents and small children!

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 25. Arrive at our camping location anytime between 5 and 8pm on the 21st (we will provide dinner around 6pm). Leave anytime before or after breakfast on the 25th. A group Mass will take place as a vigil on Saturday or on Sunday morning before departure. COR staff will tear down camp after breakfast.

WHERE: This trip will be in Buena Vista, CO, which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains in the state. In fact, the Buena Vista valley has the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks (14 of them, to be precise) in the lower 48 states. Buena Vista is located about 2 hours west of Denver. Families can drive to Buena Vista or fly into Denver and rent a car.

WHAT: We will all camp at a large group campsite for the entire trip and there will be a different activity planned during each day. We will have daily prayers, excellent meals, time for the kids to play around the campsite, and conversations around the fire in the evening. If we are accompanied by a chaplain (which is likely), we will have daily Mass and access to confession as well as the opportunity to spend the week with an amazing priest! All camping equipment, gear, and food is provided, just bring camping clothes for you and your family, hiking shoes/boots, and any personal family snacks you desire. No need to worry about loading your car full of camping gear, tents, sleeping bags (unless you want to bring your own), food, etc. Arrive to a camp that is already set up and let us deal with all the headaches, including cooking delicious meals and tearing down camp. We’ll provide all meals, starting with dinner on July 21 and ending with breakfast on July 25.

Our goal is to provide a hassle, stress, and distraction free vacation for your family.  There will be no cell service, no internet, no tv, and no phones to distract – just the peaceful river and forest, the amazing stars at night, and the laughter of your family as you enjoy God’s amazing creation. We want you to spend time with your family in an environment filled with  people and conversations focused on our shared Catholic faith.

There will be 3 different days of activities: hiking, rock climbing & rappelling, and whitewater rafting. Each activity is described below. These activities are led by COR’s professional instructors and are perfect for beginners with no previous experience needed and they are open to various ages.

COST: Includes all food, camping and technical equipment, professional instructors, and some personal rental items such as extra layers. Does not include transportation before, during, or after the course – you will need your own transportation to and from the various activities during the trip (about 15-30 minute drive for each activity).

$320 per adult age 14 and older                             $270 per child ages 7-13

$120 per toddler ages 3-6                                         FREE per infant ages 0-2

Anyone who is not rafting will be discounted $50 (for example, a parent or small child who isn’t planning participate in the rafting component).

Daily Activities - These days are not listed in any chronological order, we will choose each day’s activity based on weather and other deciding factors.

There will be 2 hiking options offered:

A – For adults and kids 10 and up, there will be the opportunity to wake up really early and do a peak attempt up one of Colorado’s gorgeous mountains. Each child will need to have an adult that is responsible for him or her (this adult could be their own parent or sibling, or a parent form another family).

B – Younger kids with either mom or dad get to sleep in and, after a relaxing breakfast, go on a short, easy hike to a historic cabin located on a beautiful lake.

After the the hikes are completed and you’ve had lunch, both groups will meet at the beach for some swimming, paddling inflatable kayaks, and fishing. Some fishing gear will be provided, but you do need to have a Colorado fishing license. Colorado fishing licenses are FREE for kids with an adult who has a day license.

Rock climbing and rappelling are both open to ALL ages, even your 2 year old. Infants can come along too, as it’s a very easy 5-10 minute hike to the bottom of the cliff. We will have beginner climbs as well as more advanced climbs for the more enthusiastic family members. This area also features a great beginner rappelling area as well as an advanced rappelling cliff over 100 feet high that goes over an overhang for a free-hanging rappel. Fun for all ages and ability levels!

We will go whitewater rafting down the world-famous Brown’s Canyon National Monument. The first portion of the trip includes very mellow Class I-II rapids and is open to ages 3 and older. After the first 4 miles (90 minutes), all the smaller kids (any kids under 50 pounds, typically around 5-6 years old) will get off the river with a parent and the rest of the family will head through the amazing Brown’s Canyon that has Class III rapids. The smaller kids and parent/s not rafting the canyon will be given lunch and a few ideas of how to spend the next few hours but will eventually meet up with everyone in the afternoon.

If you are interested in extending your trip before or after the COR component, there are many other great recreation opportunities in the Buena Vista area. Please feel free to contact COR’s director, Tom Zimmer, at zimmer@corexpeditions.org if you’d like more information about the options listed below, or do some research on Buena Vista’s helpful website: buenavistacolorado.org/kids-family.

FREE ACTIVITIES

-Hiking (various options)

-Biking (free if you bring your own bikes, but you can also rent bikes in town)

-More Climbing and Rappelling with COR

-More time at the lake

-Explore the town

-Visit the train museum or an old ghost town, take a mining tour, etc.

ADDITIONAL COST ACTIVITIES

These activities would be with local outfitters, NOT run by COR

-Class IV rafting for age 14 and older (around $80/person) with The Adventure Company

-Zip Line Tour or the Via Ferrata (around $80-$100/person) with AVA

-Hot Springs Pool ($20/person) at Mt. Princeton Resort

-Horseback Riding or Jeep Rentals with various outfitters

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This packing list is available to print and download at the bottom of the page, along with information from the rafting company we work with about what to bring for rafting.

Packing List
❏ Clothing Suggestions – non-cotton clothing for hikes, raincoats, pants and shorts, warm jackets for the cool nights. The climate in this area can vary greatly even in July; bring layers so you can adjust to the weather. (You can expect night-time lows to be in the upper 40s and day-time highs to be in the 70s-90s. Quick afternoon thunderstorms are fairly common.) You can bring cotton clothing to wear around camp.
❏ Hiking shoes or boots
❏ Water shoes for swimming at the lake and rafting
❏ Swimsuits (or wetsuits if you have them for little kids) for swimming and rafting
❏ Towels
❏ Toiletries – shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
❏ Sun Protection – Sunscreen, sun hats, and sunglasses are highly recommended.
❏ Bug Spray – It’s hard to tell how many bugs there will be, so come prepared.
❏ Daypacks/Backpacks – To carry lunch, water bottles, extra layers, etc.
❏ At least one reusable water bottle, preferably 2, per person required – please mark with your name
❏ Camp Chairs – We will have a limited number of camp chairs; if you have your own and have space in the car, please bring them.
❏ Musical Instruments – Feel free to bring a guitar, harmonica, fiddle, etc. for around the campfire.
❏ Flashlights or Headlamps – for walking around the camp at night.

❏ Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads – bring your own or request from COR (available at no additional cost) using the following form.

COR will provide all camp kitchen equipment, tents and sleeping bags according to your family’s gear reservation, and the technical equipment required for all activities.

For questions about your registration or payment, contact the COR office:

307-335-4334 or info@corexpeditions.org